Posted on December 01, 2020 1:48 PM

Diagnosed Disabled? That Means Nothing About Your Current Worth or Ability

Collette was born, which is more than can be said of 100% of her peers in Iceland, where if you're diagnosed with this syndrome in the womb you're scheduled for immediate termination. But due to the fact that in the United States some safeguards still exist to protect the preborn, Collette was born. She grew up in Ridgefield, CT, completed a 3 year degree at Clemson University in just 2 years -- and developed a cookie that friends and family raved about, calling it, "amazing!"

Down syndrome had not stopped her from living a full life, or even one that those without her different-abilities would have called standard. But when she moved to Boston, she was stunned to run through day after day of friendly but condescending rejections from potential employers. Messages usually ran, "It was great to meet you, Collette, but at this time we feel you are not a good fit for our company.”

Because she was determined not to let rejection stop her from earning a living and doing meaningful work, Collette decided to turn her passion for baking into a business.

"I was not only determined to show everyone how capable people with (dis)abilities are, but my mission is to open production facilities across the country and employ thousands of (dis)abled people!"

She founded Collettey's Cookies that year.

In late 2016, the Boston CBS TV affiliate featured Collette and her company on their nightly news program. Soon, she was flooded with orders. The national news picked up her story, and Collettey’s Cookies went viral. She has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Inside Edition, BBC, and many other print and television media outlets around the world. She has sold over 180,000 cookies to date and Collettey’s Cookies now employs 13 people, several with disabilities. Collette travels around the country to share her inspiring story, and constantly encourages people to focus on their abilities rather than what they can’t do. Her ultimate goal is to work with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to create policies that would increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Collette sets a challenging example to us -- and to our abortion-distorted society -- one that forces us to look into the face of a woman whom our legislature might legally declare better off dead, and our employers called unemployable, not a good fit.

 

 

Posted on November 30, 2020 9:09 AM

Debate: Stephanie Gray & Peter Singer to the resolution, "Abortion Is Immoral."

 

 

VIEW THE FULL RECORDING NOW 

First Annual Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson Symposium
VIRTUAL DEBATE
Hosted by Harvard Right to Life
Sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Resolution: Abortion is Immoral
Pro: Stephanie Gray Connors,
international speaker and pro-life advocate. 
 Stephanie is well known for her  “Talks at Google” presentation in 2017, as well as numerous debates around the world with philosophers, doctors and lawyers.  
She provides a steadfast, brilliant and precise voice defending life in all stages and is the author of Love Unleashes Life.
 
Contra: Professor Peter Singer,
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University Center for Human Values.
Probably one of the world’s best known philosophers, Professor Singer enjoys widespread influence for his support and writing on utilitarian ethics and applied ethics. Notable writing includes his Animal Liberation and his master’s thesis “Why Should I be Moral?" 

Posted on November 30, 2020 9:01 AM

Season 5, Episode 9

President's Column

By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President  


         Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.                         

   - Bishop Oscar Romero

 

As Thanksgiving approached last week, all I wanted to do was laugh at something. In keeping with the season, I recalled trusted Thanksgiving-themed episodes of two TV sitcoms that I knew would do the trick: season 5, episode 9 of both Cheers and Everybody Loves Raymond. (Coincidentally, both shows premiered extra silly 9th episodes in their respective 5th seasons, just so you know where to find them after you read this.)

Medicinal mission accomplished. Chortles, giggles and even a couple guffaws escaped our mouths as my family and I enjoyed the plots’ utter ridiculousness. 

While I prepared Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, I recalled the high points of each of the two shows and acknowledged, with gratitude, the self-proclaimed pro-life actors in each one: Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. A few years ago, Grammer told a reporter that, “If you have respect for life, and respect for choice, then you can’t take life away from an infant. . . . Little makes me angry, but injustice does.” 

Heaton is even more outspoken, very frequently on Twitter and in the press. She’s got a lot of good lines as an actress. But this is one of my favorites of hers as an advocate: “I find it impossible to subscribe to a philosophy that believes that the destruction of human life is a legitimate solution to a problem that is mostly social, economic and psychological. In reality, most women ‘choose’ abortion because they believe they have no other choice.”

What is admirable about Grammer and Heaton is that they speak within — and in spite of — Hollywood. Imagine the number of fans whose minds they've changed because of their bravery! There are so few in L.A. who use their powerful voices to defend the voiceless. I’m pretty sure “minority” doesn’t even apply. Pro-lifers in Hollywood? Barely countable. 

It’s easy to feel the same way if you live in Massachusetts. Pro-lifers? Here? 

Of course we’re here. And because of you, and your courageous voice throughout nearly two years of the current legislative session, the original ROE Act withered. Whatever happens in the next few weeks with a similarly-written but slightly altered budget amendment, the ROE Act, unveiled in January 2019, esteemed and heralded by dozens of legislators, could not get past YOUR voice! That is the truth. 

But please don’t rest just yet. 

My MCFL team and I continue to keep a close watch on the state legislature and its serious consideration of the proposed amendment that would irresponsibly expand abortion in Massachusetts. Not unlike Hollywood producers, legislators are leaning on a costume, the proposed budget, to change the appearance of the ROE Act. 

But they’ve failed again. You and I know what they’re trying to pass. It’s up to us to use our voices to stop them. If you have emailed or called your legislators in the last month, thank you! If you have contacted Governor Baker to ask him to veto this item once it gets to his desk, thank you! If you have not yet called him, please do so this week. Yours is the voice that matters now. 

Governor Charlie Baker: 617-725-4005 

There’s a chance that this amendment can still be stopped, even though many say pro-abortion legislators have a veto-proof majority.  

But the first thing that needs to happen is for Governor Baker to veto it. And, like quality TV, he is more likely to tune in to this critical episode if he hears your voice.

Posted on November 16, 2020 4:02 PM

EWTN Features Board Member Dr. Mark Rollo + NO to the "R.O.E" Act

Talking Catholic Medical Ethics with Dr. Mark Rollo

EWTN will host MCFL board member, Dr. Mark Rollo, speaking about life issues on a unique and brand-new radio show / podcast for the remainder of the year!

In the first episode, Dr. Rollo addresses the "R.O.E." Act, medical ethics, and the physicians commitment to "first, do no harm."

EWTN was excited to announce this entirely new show in the WQPH lineup from a man of unique perspective and experience.

Dr. Rollo's show, “First, Do No Harm,” will continue throughout the year on Sundays at 1pm.

From EWTN's radio network:

 

WQPH: Can you tell us a little bit about your background as a doctor and how you came to the Faith?

Dr. Mark Rollo: I am a cradle Catholic.  Our Catholic Faith was central to our life as a family.  We were regular church goers and we six children attended Catholic schools for much of our education. My parents were staunchly pro-life.

My mother entered the fray to oppose abortion when Roe v Wade was decided in 1973.  Her pro-life beliefs were clearly made known to all of us well before 1973 but in that year she joined Massachusetts Citizens for Life and helped start a local crisis pregnancy center. She regularly picketed planned parenthood.

My father was a surgeon and was president of the medical staff when Roe became law.   As president he could not vote on whether or not to allow abortions to be done at our local hospital.  He resigned so that he could vote against it.

I belatedly followed in my father’s footsteps to become a physician when I was 30 years old. I joined the USAF to defray the cost of medical school and as an Air Force Physician I was very blessed to work with many dedicated and mission oriented individuals. My wife and I are Fitchburg natives and after separating from active duty in 1991 we returned to this area where I practiced family medicine until this year when I retired.

The show’s title is taken from the ancient Hippocratic oath for the medical profession. With so many scientific advancements today, how do you see such history informing us?

Over the years of my practice I have seen the abandonment of the Hippocratic Oath.  2500 years ago the Oath specifically rejected abortion and physician assisted suicide.  These abominations are currently corrupting medicine.  Contraception, which is the separation of love and life, helped usher in the culture of death which I gradually came to understand.  As a result I dedicated much of my practice to modern methods of natural family planning which is fully in accordance with the Catholic Church.

What are you hoping to help your listeners appreciate better?

Ethics must form the basis of treating the whole person and it is my hope to shine a light on the medical ethical issues of the day from a Catholic perspective.  This will include not only contraception, abortion and assisted suicide but also such important issues as IVF, hospice, palliative care and end of life decision making just to name a few.  I am looking forward to delving into these issues.

 

Posted on November 13, 2020 1:35 PM

UPDATE: Re-Packaged "ROE" Act Passes House & Senate

UPDATE on Amendment 759 (House)/ Amendment 180 (Senate) / "R.O.E" (Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access in MA)

Both AMENDMENT 759 and AMENDMENT 180 have passed the House and Senate. Governor Baker has previously stated that he will veto "R.O.E" and reject any legislation including its provisions that legalize passive infanticide and remove parental consent.

 

Contact Gov. Baker's Office at this number to ask him to reject amendment 759/180 and veto the budget if it includes the "R.O.E" Act's

abortion expansion.(617) 725-4005

Please also contact your state senator. You can look up your senator at MALEGISLATURE.GOV/findmylegislator

Details on the bill's repackaging and inclusion in the budget:

The "R.O.E." Act, or S.1209/H.3320, having stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, has been re-packaged by Representative Claire Cronin as Amendment 759 to the Annual Massachusetts Budget. 

The R.O.E. Act's provisions as included Amendment 759/Amendment 180: Just the facts

compiled by a legal team of pro-life attorneys and lobbyists

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

The new language states only that there must be “life-supporting equipment” present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.

  • This amendment would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that it only be deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health”
  • Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.
  • The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, has acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are ​not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
  • This amendment repeals parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 16 and 17, and allows doctors to waive the requirement for parental consent for girls of ANY age who believe they may be pregnant.
  • This amendment expands who can perform an abortion to now include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife.

 

 


Posted on November 11, 2020 2:06 PM

Amendment #759: "R.O.E." Re-Packaged [ Fact Sheet ]

The "R.O.E." Act, or S.1209/H.3320, having stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, has been re-packaged by Representative Claire Cronin as Amendment 759 to the Annual Massachusetts Budget. 

The ROE Act, now Amendment 759: Just the facts

compiled by a legal team of pro-life attorneys and lobbyists

Section 12P. If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.

The new language states only that there must be “life-supporting equipment” present, and eliminates the requirement for the abortionist to actually USE it.

  • This amendment would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that it only be deemed “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health”
  • Children born after the 24-week mark, ​according to the New England Journal of Medicine,​ if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent — a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.
  • The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, has acknowledged​ “that most women seeking later terminations are ​not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
  • This amendment repeals parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 16 and 17, and allows doctors to waive the requirement for parental consent for girls of ANY age who believe they may be pregnant.
  • This amendment expands who can perform an abortion to now include a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife.

 

 


OPPOSE the insertion of "R.O.E." Act provisions into our annual budget NOW. Call your state representative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on November 10, 2020 12:46 PM

ROE Act Shoved Into Budget After Being Stalled in Committee

After being stalled in committee for over a year by its poor wording, and the general opposition from thousands of Massachusetts Citizens, both pro-life and pro-choice, the contentious "R.O.E." is being side-armed into the annual budget bill by radical pro-abortion lobbyists.

Speaker DeLeo, who previously called on Massachusetts statesmen to ditch special interest agendas when approaching the budget, has come alongside pro-abortion politicians to support Rep. Claire Cronin's amendment.

"This amendment simply re-packages ROE Act provisions and tags them onto the budget," said an MCFL staff member, "If you meet opposition like thousands of citizens flooding the State House to oppose a bill during its public hearing, and then hundreds of calls each week thereafter, you know you don't have the support. But if you just call it 'budget for reproductive healthcare,' you can betray your constituents and push it through."

The new language changes little, if anything, in the original "R.O.E." Act.  Current language in the bill is murky on whether a doctor who performs an abortion would still be required to save the life of a baby who survives it, as state law currently provides, reports  The New Boston Post

A vote in the House is expected this week. The deadline for opposition is likely to be Thursday, November 12.

 

Call Speaker Bob DeLeo's Office: (617) 722-2500

Call Representative Claire Cronin's Office: (617) 722-2396

Look up your state representative here and call them telling them you expect them to reject the amendment on "reproductive health" and "R.O.E." provisions.

Posted on November 10, 2020 3:00 AM

The Day of the Birth-Mother

 

In May, we celebrated The Day of the Birth Mom. It is vitally important that we highlight the courage of these unsung heroes. When you place a baby with another woman, I hear it breaks your heart. I also hear that it fills it like nothing else.

A girl we know recently described her decision to place her baby for adoption as, "The most amazing, heart-shattering gift I ever gave, and ever got."

But if she had called Planned Parenthood to ask for resources, all she would have received was a pitch for why her career in the military would be ruined by her unplanned child. Instead, she spoke with C.J., who affirmed her strength & referred her to adoption counselors.

Each mom demonstrates heroic courage. We all know at least one woman whose strength is inspiring.

But this month is Adoption Awareness Month, and we're highlighting that unique courage of a mother who knows cherishing her child means letting another woman raise her him or her.

So today, and the remainder of this month, put your pro-life commitment into action, and put love in action by taking a moment to thank a birth-mother. Maybe the mom is yours. Maybe it's a mother you've read about on social media, like the girl above. But in a world that denies women's strength, & aggressively promotes killing their children before offering them the opportunity to give the gift of motherhood to another woman...just saying "You were a hero" will celebrate her heroism, and show other women the strength they have to make the same heroic decision.

Or maybe give a gift in her name today and support our outreach to those of real-life superheroes, the ones we don't see on the silver screen: Birth Moms.

Another amazing woman we've worked with in the past shared her full story with us in a previous blog post. Her unique courage took an option that looked like a loss, and made it the chance to expand her whole family through an open adoption. She and the adoptive mother have a relationship with P.J.

That's a double gift, in one way, isn't it? Giving your baby life and giving another woman the chance to mother, when she couldn't naturally.


JOIN the movement today, and put your love into action.

DONATE & become our partner as we put love into action for life each day in Massachusetts.

Posted on November 09, 2020 3:24 PM

These Three Traits = A Great Week Ahead

Weekly Column

By Myrna Maloney Flynn, MCFL President


As you plan your week, I want to let you know how our state legislators may be planning theirs. With the election behind us and time running out on the current two-year legislative session, our elected officials are lining up tasks like bowling pins, positioning them just so, primed for a strike. Among the bills that could be presented for a vote in the coming days: the ROE Act and Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. 

A few reminders about the ROE Act:

  • The name of this legislation is an acronym -- Remove Obstacles and Expand Access to Abortion. It has nothing to do with Roe vs. Wade. 
  • It aims to make abortion more “accessible” (in a state where nearly 20,000 abortions are already performed each year). 
  • If passed, the bill would enable girls as young as 12 to obtain abortions without any adult, except the abortionist, knowing about it. 
  • ROE would remove life-saving medical equipment from rooms where abortions are performed, risking the lives of babies, Massachusetts citizens, who survive the procedure. 
  • ROE would legalize any late-term abortion up through the 9th month of pregnancy.
  • You, the taxpayer, would see more of your own money paying for every one of these atrocious human rights violations.

Because it’s Monday, and we’re back to work and school, let’s do this. True or false: Proponents claim we must pass ROE, now that Amy Coney Barrett is a Supreme Court Justice, increasing the likelihood that the Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade. 

True!

Yet what’s false is the implication that overturning the landmark 1973 decision will outlaw abortion in Massachusetts. If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, nothing will change here. Abortion will still be legal. But that’s not what ROE Act supporters say. They are pushing a dangerous bill because the public is listening, not for any valid reason. Even Governor Baker, who is pro-choice, agrees that our current abortion law is sufficient and the ROE Act is unnecessary. And here's the kicker that no one is talking about. In the unlikely event that abortion is outlawed at the federal level, then the ROE Act is moot. In any scenario, this bill is senseless.

Also at the top of the state legislature’s priority list in the coming days: Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. Read about the dangers of this at the Patients Rights Action Fund, then urge your legislator to block this bill as well. 

You’ve got the ability to call or write to your legislators, urging them to to vote against both of these life-devaluing bills. Harness the motivation you feel in the wake of Saturday’s election results -- we will not stop fighting for life in the four years ahead. If anything, we will fight harder, with bigger hearts, a positive attitude, and bolstered by the truth that love and respect for the life of every person wins the day. 

Check out the “how to” below, then take five minutes to contact your legislator now. 

Thank you for partnering with us! We are so proud to be alongside you in this most important issue of them all. 

Here's how to find your state representative if you do not know their name or contact information.

  1. Go to Find My Legislator here on the MA Legislature web page.
  2. Type in your address and include your zip code.
  3. After you have entered your address, a new page will show up.
  4. Click on the names of your state senator and state representative. You will be taken to a page with their email and their phone number.

Call and email them to today, telling them our state does not need ROE or Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. 

If you've never called your state representative, this handy phone script may help!


Remember, 100% of our operating budget is funded by individual members like you. Please consider signing up to support our life-saving work on a monthly basis, or make a one-time contribution here.

Posted on November 04, 2020 3:38 PM

Louisiana Passes Constitutional Amendment Protecting Preborn Lives

In a great leap for progress towards real respect for human rights, Louisiana passed an amendment to their state constitution to protect every human life, should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

The amendment, as posed to voters on the ballot, ran thus: "Do you support an amendment declaring that, to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution?" It passed with an enthusiastic 68% approval, and follows a list of other states (Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia)that have let their citizens proclaim their pro-life principles loud and clear at the ballot box, a right Roe v. Wade -- and a pro-abortion, activist Supreme Court -- denied voters in 1973.

Our media and even our own local and personal dialogues often focus on the national drama. While by no means unimportant, the presidential election is only a fraction of the function of United States government. Especially should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the reality and power of local elections, state amendments, and continued compassionate outreach both culturally and politically will be the key to making abortion illegal and unthinkable.

In Massachusetts, where American citizens have blazed the trail in the past in the fight for equal protection for any and every human life, we commit to seeing our constitution similarly reflect the reality that abortion takes a human life, and we have an obligation to promote laws that reject it, and protect them.